Aaron Weedman, 22, of Delta is facing a number of felony charges after crashing into a Montrose residence with a stolen vehicle.
The incident unfolded during the early morning hours of May 7, when Weedman allegedly jumped the fence at Hot Water Productions and stole a service truck, using the truck to smash through a gate before driving off.
At 4:30 a.m., authorities were dispatched to 1881 Kellie Drive, where a white Ford F250 pickup was found projecting from the south side of the residence. Both the home and the vehicle had sustained severe damage, and an adult occupant required emergency transport to the hospital. Two children in the home were not injured. The driver of the pickup had fled on foot.
He was later spotted at a nearby intersection, sitting in the driver's seat of a red Nissan Xterra that was partially on the sidewalk. When law enforcement officers ordered Weedman to exit the vehicle, he took off running across Ogden Road. He came to a stop when he ran into a fence and a large bush. He was placed into custody and transported to Montrose Memorial Hospital after complaining of chest pain.
Investigation later revealed that several vehicles at AATCO Transmission, next door to Hot Water Productions, had been broken into, along with a pickup parked on Sneffels Street. Missing from the pickup was a BLM employee identification card that was reportedly recovered later from Weedman.
The investigation ultimately involved a number of city and county investigators, as well as the Montrose Fire Department, called to extinguish a fire in the cab of one of the vehicles at Hot Water Productions. Another crime scene was discovered at Home Depot, where an unknown vehicle had hit outdoor displays of fence posts and rental equipment.
The complex investigation resulted in a long list of charges against Weedman: vehicular assault, first degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, first degree criminal trespass (six counts), criminal mischief, second degree arson, theft, violation of a protection order and DUI. The arrest affidavit was filed by the Montrose Police Department.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.